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{November 1, 2010}   Hair Spray

By – Nidarshana SharmaHair Spray

Over the years our desire to become fashionable has only been expanding and this desire is being appropriately bred by a number of apparel and cosmetic companies. Every year there’s a new company, which introduces a new product and find many takers willing to experiment. While some products fade away or fizzle out, some others continue to remain the most popular products in the market. One such product is hair spray.

Hair spray is a cosmetic product that is sprayed onto the hair to keep it stiff or rigid. This spray can be dispensed either through a pump or a nozzle. It is a very commonly used product among the youngsters as it is simple to use and gives quick result. It is generally used more by boys and men who have shorter hair and can try quick hair styles. Hair spray has been largely accepted in many significant parts of the world.

Hair spray was first conceived and developed in 1948 by Chase Products Company. Since then its user base has been consistently expanding. One of the polymers used is polyvinylpyrrolidine which is also used to glue the layers of wood in plywood together. A non-water soluable polymer called polydimethylsiloxane is added to make the hold last a bit longer (the polyvinylpyrrolidine is water soluble). Pytocalcious chemicals are another family of ingredients in hair spray, which increase the amount of minerals in the hair’s root causing the hair to become stiff.

Some hair sprays use natural polymers and solvents like vegetable gums dissolved in alcohol. One popular ingredient is gum arabic which is made from the sap of certain trees that grow in Sudan. Gum tragacanth is another herbal gum that is used to stiffen calico and crepe, as well as hair.

Japanese scientists have recently found strains of bacteria, Microbacterium hatanonis that have evolved to live in hair spray. Some hair sprays are scented or have color. Bright colors like bubble-gum pink or green are very popular. Such colors bring a lot of attention to one’s hair.

However, there are many safety concerns regarding hair sprays. Hair sprays contain a large amount of polymers and other additives some of which are toxic and some others inflammable. This can pose serious health hazards. Also, your hair might become coarse in the long run and might lose its strength and sheen. Excessive use of hair sprays can result in dull and damaged hair. Your hair needs to be washed thoroughly with a mild shampoo after using a hair spray; otherwise it may become dry and dirty and may also develop dandruff. Also, a large number of hair sprays contain inflammable substances, so the chances of burnt hair cannot be ruled out.

Hair sprays might be a cool option to obtain a funky, grunge look. They might also portray to harmless when used in small quantities. The truth however, is that whatever look you want to achieve, if it takes the help of artificial products, it is bound to be harmful somewhere. Hair sprays are a great styling accessory but limit their use and stick to natural products for healthy hair.

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